It won’t be long till the the last instalment of the reboot trilogy comes out. Tomb Raider – Shadow of the Tomb Raiser is released 14th September 2018. This game sees Lara in South America, where she faces Trinity and, of course, her own demons. From what I can tell, this is promising to be one of the hardest games in the trilogy. Once again, like the previous two games, Lara will have her trusty bow by her side. Don’t get me wrong, it’s kinda strange seeing Lara without her dual pistols. But I’ve got quite fond of using a bow and arrow.
So, for this blog I thought I’d run through my top five Tomb Raider games. It was difficult just choosing five of them, since Tomb Raider has always been one of my favourite game franchises. Right up there with Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed. There is something about playing an action-adventure game, with puzzles that really make you think, that I find difficult to put down. I have to see how they end.
1. Tomb Raider
Of course, the first choice is the first game in this iconic franchise. This action-adventure game was released in 1996. It was published by Eidos interactive and developed by Core Design. It could arguably be seen as one of the greatest video games ever made. I played the game when it first came out and I’d find it difficult not to agree. Not only was it fun to guide Lara through different tombs, while using her duel pistols to fend off wild animals and bad guys. The main excitement came from solving the puzzles and exploring the different surroundings in each level. At the time, the buttons used to move Lara and the way she moved around with the camera was quite cutting edge. However, I decided to dust the game off and pop it in my PS1 and have another go at it. How I coped with the movement and that camera is beyond me. As fantastic as this game is, I do believe I’ve been spoiled with how amazing the game play of the games of today is. They just flow so much easier. So, I suppose this game could be seen as the big sister of today’s games.
2. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
I decided on this for my second choice. The Last Revelation was released 1999 and was the forth instalment in the game series. In this game, Lara’s movement and game play improved from the first game. When playing Lara, I could make her jump large gaps by using ropes dangling from the ceiling. Climb down and up poles and ropes. As well as, being able to shimmy around corners. Lara, herself, has been given a make over in this game. She has a more refined look, making her more realistic. The inventory also has a ‘combine’ choice for some of the items. Which means I could create a a whole new item. I know it doesn’t seem like much, now. But, at the time, it was a really major thing. I mean, being able to combine a large revolver with a laser sight was kinda epic. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, in my opinion, was a huge turning point in the franchise.
3. Tomb Raider: Legend
My third choice is Tomb Raider: Legend, which came out in 2006 and was the seventh instalment in the game series. It saw the game franchise go back to its true form. The game showed an increase in Lara’s abilities. Giving the player more freedom of movement with Lara. She can still jump, climb, shimmy, swing on ropes and use vertical poles. But she can crawl through small spaces and use a grappling line to pass over gaps and pull different objects towards her. In a few of the levels, Lara is riding a motorbike and fighting enemies in the process. Which, for me, was one of the best parts of the game. The puzzles are much more intricate. especially since they block the players progress, if unsolved. Tomb Raider: Legend was definitely a step in the right direction in the franchise.
4. Tomb Raider: Underworld
I know, before you say it, Tomb Raider: Underworld wasn’t one of the best games in the Tomb Raider franchise. It was released in 2008 and was the eighth instalment in the game series. The combat system and camera angles are something to be desired. But the story and exploration was really good. Even the puzzles made you stop and think at times. In this game, Lara’s interaction with the environment much more realistic. When exploring, Lara is able to push parts of her surroundings out of her way. Her foot prints are left behind as she walks through the mud. The weather has more of a realistic impact on Lara. Except when she’s climbing or shimmying in the rain. The natural thing is to slip of have difficulty holding on. But Lara seems to cope with this fine. In my personal opinion, Tomb Raider: underworld may not have been the best game, but it is brilliant to play. If you’re like me. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.
5. Tomb Raider
My fifth choice is Tomb Raider, which was released in 2013 and was the tenth instalment in the franchise. However, this game was the start of yet another reboot of the series. In this game Lara was much younger than in her previous games. This was before she became the Tomb Raider we know and love. What we have in this game is an untested Lara, who has never seen battle. The player journey’s with Lara as she learns how to escape a cult who’s hunting her down and doing whatever it takes to save her friends. As a result, this game focuses on survival more than exploration. The game play is much better than any other Tomb Raider game that came before it. Rather than just attacking and shooting enemies, stealth kills and close-quarter combat is much more favourable. The stealth kills are a great way to progress through the levels when Lara is just getting to grips with having to kill for survival. This game see’s Lara using a bow, rather than the dual pistols. It also has a survival instinct, similar the Assassin’s Creed eagle eye. It aids in solving environmental puzzles and where to head next, to progress in the game. Tomb Raider sees the player gain xp, to develop Lara’s survival and combat abilities, as well as, collecting crafting materials to upgrade her weapons. The game also has a multiplayer mode for online gaming. I’ve played the multiplayer mode quite a lot and it really is a lot of fun. Tomb Raider is a fantastic reboot of the series and can easily stand by side with the best of the games out there.